Peter Robinson fails test of leadership in Northern Ireland
By: Niall O'Dowd | Published Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 12:30 PM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:28 PM
: No matter how the two governments try and spin it the fact that Irish and British prime ministers Brian Cowen
and Gordon Brown
left the talks in Northern Ireland
without reaching a deal is a huge setback.
Not fatal but a setback.
In the end the Democratic Unionist Party
revealed their sectarian thinking that nationalists were not entitled to an even share of power, that concessions from Sinn Fein
did not have to be
matched by concessions from their side.Sinn Fein
signed up to accept a new police force in Northern Ireland. The DUP
agreed if they did so that policing and justice would be handled in the Northern Ireland Assembly rather
than in London.
That was three years ago at the St. Andrews Agreement
and it was expected
to be implemented three months later.
It never was because
decided they wanted
to grab the concession by Sinn Fein and pocket
So all the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put this particular Humpty
together again it seems.
There are still efforts underway
to set up a
schedule for the transferring of
powers but it looks very likely that Peter Robinson
has decided to wait past the British general election because he believes
he will have a stronger hand with the Tories.Robinson has proven an abject
failure as a leader to date
. His inability to bring his party in behind the agreement
that saw them attain government is a crushing blow but hardly
wife's behavior and his own in knowing about dubious loans to her young lover but not reporting them may bring him down anyway.
That may well be a step in the right direction . Lead, follow or get out of the way Peter .